Led by Professor Ian Megson, the Department of Diabetes & Cardiovascular Science encompasses research into the causes and consequences of diabetes both clinical and preclinical.

Current research centres on the cardiovascular complications of diabetes and includes research into new agents to stop blockage of blood vessels in patients with diabetes. The work also involves investigating the role of oxidative stress and inflammation in the deterioration of the function of pancreatic insulin producing cells.

An expansion to the team includes expertise in Genetics and Immunology which has greatly increased the potential scope of the department to encompass genetic and environmental factors that might combine to trigger both type-1 and type-2 diabetes.

A number of exciting collaborative projects are already underway and UHI are keen to use their latest technology and expertise and offer a wide range of opportunities for future research collaborations.

The department also offer an expanding portfolio of techniques and specific assays to commercial entities to support their research programmes.


  • Cell culture laboratory
  • Biochemistry and functional assay laboratory
  • Molecular biology & genetics laboratory
  • Analytical laboratory for lipids and proteins
  • Frozen sample storage (-20 to -150) 

All staff are trained in matters relating to confidentiality, intellectual property and Good Laboratory Practice (GLP).  


The department have a wealth of experience of working with both SMEs and large multi-national companies and offer a range of service options.

  • Fee for service projects
  • Collaborative projects
  • Student / researcher placements
  • Consultancies
    • Diabetes
    • Cardiovascular disease
    • Antioxidants
    • Lipid analysis
    • Proteomics
    • Mass spectrometry
    • Immunogenetics
    • Serological immunoassay
    • Predication of peptide-based epitopes

Free Radical Research Facility

This facility interacts closely with the other research strengths within the Department of Diabetes & Cardiovascular Science and offers a unique blend of equipment and expertise to fully explore the biological activity of free radicals and antioxidants in cells and clinical samples.  

The facility offers a comprehensive service that is available to both academic and commercial entities seeking expert advice and/or research activity to support their own R&D. 

For further information:

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Case studies 

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